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Susie Babka

Susie Babka

Theology & Religious Studies

Susie Babka

Assistant Professor

Susie Paulik Babka, Ph.D., is excited to be a part of the community at USD that seeks to intertwine Beauty with Justice.  Beauty is that which draws us out of ourselves toward something deeper; Justice is the practical work of transforming this world into the world intended by God: a world that celebrates the dignity of every human being, our inherent interdependence, and the worth of all creation.

Babka is currently working on a book, Christology of the Mercy Seat: Imagining the God Who Suffers and articles exploring the relationship between abstract art and spirituality and the incarnation and interreligious dialogue.


Her interests are in Christology; the doctrine of God (Trinity); the problem of catastrophic suffering; theological aesthetics and the connection between art and the sacred; feminist and liberation theologies; the Frankfurt School.

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, University of Notre Dame
  • MTS, Duke University Divinity School
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, Theology
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, The Program of Liberal Studies

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